France

France votes for Palestine

By Naomi Firsht, December 4, 2014

French MPs voted in favour of recognising a Palestinian state this week.

The parliamentary motion, which was passed by 339 votes to 151, was non-binding and will have no real diplomatic effect.

More..

Woman raped as partner bound and gagged

By Orlando Radice, December 2, 2014

A French Jewish woman has been raped by armed attackers who broke into her apartment demanding money and hurling antisemitic insults.

The woman’s partner was bound and gagged while one of the men carried out the assault.

The attack took place in Créteil, south east of Paris.

More..

French parliament votes to recognise Palestinian state

By Naomi Firsht, December 2, 2014

French MPs voted in favour of recognising a state of Palestine in a parliamentary session today.

The motion, which demands the French government recognise the state of Palestine, was passed by 339 votes to 151. It was non-binding and will have no real diplomatic effect. However, it echoes the symbolic votes by parliaments in the UK, Sweden, Spain and Ireland.

More..

France sets Palestinian state deadline

By JC Reporter, November 28, 2014

The French government has said that it will move to officially recognise a Palestinian state if the next push for a deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians fails.

Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has proposed a two-year timeframe to end the conflict through a UN-backed resolution.

More..

Shul bomb suspect charged after 34 years

By David Lazarus, November 20, 2014

French authorities this week charged the chief suspect in the bombing of a Paris synagogue - 34 years after the attack.

Hassan Diab, a Canadian citizen, was accused of first-degree murder over the 1980 attack on the Union Libérale Israélite synagogue on Rue Copernic, which left four dead.

Diab,60, was flown to France less than 24 hours after a decision by Canada's Supreme Court not to allo

More..

John Galliano loses unfair dismissal case against Dior

By Sandy Rashty, November 6, 2014

Fashion designer John Galliano has lost an unfair dismissal against Christian Dior – and been ordered to pay the top fashion house a symbolic €1.

The Gibraltar born designer was sacked by Dior after he was filmed telling two Italian women that Jews should be gassed. The incident took place in December 2010.

More..

Beware this rewritten Vichy

By Nesta Wyn Ellis, October 30, 2014

The French are perfectionists – mainly about themselves. They carry self-criticism to extremes but anyone who attempts to criticise them will suffer from their refusal to accept that they can be perceived as imperfect. I have spent many years living in Paris and can tell you that on TV the most popular programmes are those that depict the Resistance in their heroic fight against the Nazis.

More..

French Jews turn to Krav Maga for self-defence

By Sandy Rashty, October 28, 2014

Young French Jews are now taking more Krav Maga lessons in a bid to protect themselves against the spike in antisemitism.

According to a report in Arutz Sheva, last week French teenagers went to Israel to partake in a special martial arts defence programme in Netanya called ‘Magen’.

The defence programme is geared to protecting French Jewish schools and synagogues.

More..

Dieudonné sues for being called an 'antisemite'

By Naomi Firsht, October 23, 2014

Comedian Dieudonné, who has several convictions in France for inciting hatred of Jews and mocking the Holocaust, is taking the president of the French Jewish umbrella group to court for accusing him of antisemitism.

Roger Cukierman, president of the French council of Jewish institutions, went before a magistrate this week after Dieudonné filed a complaint against him for defamation.

More..

Alarm bells ring in France as pro-Vichy book is bestseller

By Roger Sloan, October 23, 2014

Eric Zemmour is, without a doubt, the superstar of right-wing journalism in France.

The 56-year-old is a columnist for weekly magazine Figaro and a news pundit for RTL, a major private radio station, as well as a frequent guest on political talkshows.

More..